COVID-19 is “out of control” in London and its hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed, the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.
He pronounced a major occurrence within the UK capital on Friday and called for government support since the risk of the infection had come to “crisis point”.
The number of COVID-19 cases in London is far higher than any other British region.
On Thursday, authorities said 92,833 people had tested positive in the previous seven days.
London Mayor wrote:
BREAKING: I have declared a major incident in London because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point.
One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.
The number of Londoners who died in the same period was 9,306.
It came as the UK government said the R number, the rate by which an infected person spreads the virus to others, could now be as high as 1.4
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